(CL-) Dido

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(CL-) Dido

Post  Kiwi's son on Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:29 am

The Dido's setup:
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Type: light cruiser
Displacement: Standard: 5,700 to 5,900 tons
Full load: 6,900 to 7,600 tons
Length: 512 ft (156 m) overall
Beam: 50 ft 6 in (15.39 m)
Draught: Dido class: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Bellona class: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: Four Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Four Parsons steam turbines
Four shafts
62,000 shp (46 MW)
Speed: 32.25 knots
Range: 1,100 tons fuel oil
2,414 km (1,500 miles) at 30 knots
6,824 (4,240 miles) at 16 knots
Complement: Dido class: 480
Bellona class: 530
Armament:

Dido class designed:
Ten QF 5.25-inch (133 mm) guns in five dual mounts,
Two quadruple 0.5 inch Vickers machine gun mounts,
Two quadruple QF 2 pdr (40 mm) pom-pom mounts.
Two triple 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes.

Bellona class as designed:
Eight QF 5.25-inch (133 mm) guns in four dual mounts,
Six twin 20 mm gun power-operated mounts,
Three quad mount QF 2 pdr (40 mm) pom-poms,
Two triple mount 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes.
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Its History:

he Dido class was a class of sixteen (including the Bellona sub-class) light cruisers built for the Royal Navy. The design was influenced by the Arethusa class light cruisers. The first group of three ships were commissioned in 1940, the second group (six ships) and third group (two ships) were commissioned in 1941–1942. The Bellona class ships commissioned between 1943 to 1944. Most members of the class were named after figures of Greek mythology.

They were designed as fleet escorts to protect heavier units from both light surface forces and aircraft. The enthusiasm felt for them by the Board of Admiralty was borne out by good results in action and the only real problem with the type was shortage of gun-mountings and a need to stiffen them forward to take the weight of the forward turrets.

In World War II, the ships of this class saw much action, including the battle of Cape Matapan, the battle of Okinawa, Operation Overlord, Operation Torch and the Second Battle of Sirte, as well as many other duties in the Mediterranean and Pacific, though it must be said that the Didos saw even more service than is mentioned here. The class lost a number of ships during the war. These were Bonaventure, Charybdis, Hermione, Naiad, Scylla and Spartan. The post-war survivors continued in service; all were decommissioned by the 1960s. Bellona, Black Prince and Royalist were loaned to the Royal New Zealand Navy post-World War II. In 1956, Diadem was sold to Pakistan and renamed Babur.
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My source for this information as always: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dido_class_cruiser
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